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James J. Mayer, 82, of Kenosha, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Harbor House Memory Care with his family by his side.
A lifelong resident of Kenosha's north side; he was born on Feb. 15, 1929, and was the son of the late Joseph C. and Julia (Herian) Mayer.
He attended St. George Elementary and was one of the first graduates of Mary D. Bradford High School.
He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
On May 21, 1955, at St. George Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Strupp. She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2002. On March 20, 2004, he was united in marriage to Carol (Renolds) Weiss. She preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 2008.
For 19 years, Jim was employed as a milkman with Golden Bell/Landgrens Dairy. He then went to work with S.C. Johnson & Son for 19 years, retiring in June, 1992. Jim also worked part time for Monfils-Loewen Monument Company.
He was a lifelong member of the former St. George Catholic Church and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. As a young adult, Jim was a member of the St. George Dramatic Club where he met Mary Jane. He was also a former member of the Eagles Aerie #1055 in Kenosha.
Jim was an avid fisherman and loved to paint and draw. He selflessly shared his many talents with others.
He is survived by his four children, Karl Mayer, Betsy (Bill Richardson) Mayer, Paul (Rachel) Mayer and Lawrence (Connie Piccolo) Mayer, all of Kenosha; his eight grandchildren, Lindsey, Elissa, Aimee, Addison, Mackenzie, Kallen, Zachary, John, and Doug; five great grandchildren; and his sister, Ann Hughes of Madison.
His extended family includes three step-children, Linda Scott, Lisa (Ted) Koba and Craig Weiss; three step-grandchildren, Crystal, Zachary and Jacob; and one step-great grandchild.
Jim was further preceded in death by two sisters, Jeanne Mauzy and Frances Mayer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4804 7th Avenue. Private inurnment will take place in St. George Cemetery. A visitation for Jim will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Memorials to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4804 7th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140 would be appreciated.
Special thanks to the staff at Harbor House-North for the special love and care they provided to James.
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144
Online Condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com